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Review Roundup

Myth, Space, Place, Madness and Love

We read because we want it all

Here at the Alibi, we actually make time to read. And then we tell you what we honestly think. You don’t find that kind of dedication everywhere, folks. Here are some of the books we’ve talked about lately.

Alibi Managing/Music Editor Samantha Anne Carrillo imagines that Wilderness author and Handsome Family lyricist Rennie Sparks “sits at a bloodwood spinning wheel, weaving personal animus and entomological, historical and cultural facts with folk tales, myth and eldritch events.”

See Rennie Sparks on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Bookworks.

Review Roundup

Chew on This: Book reviews that’ll make your mouth water

Food and words go together like green chile and cheese. In other words, deliciously. In honor of Alibi’s delectable 2013 Summer Dining Guide, we offer up this buffet of new book reviews in perfectly-sized portions.

Whet your appetite with Julian Wolf’s review of Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food. Of this collection of essays from longtime New York Times food critic Raymond Sokolov, Wolf says, “The successes and missteps of such a long and distinguished career left me hungry to take more risks in my professional lifeand when deciding what’s for dinner.”

For your next course, we recommend something funny, flavorful and full of pirates. As Jyllian Roach points out in her appraisal of Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown, “A delicious weekly meal on a pirate ship with a poorly stocked pantry is a harder task than you might imagine.”

Haven’t had your fill yet? There’s plenty more to tempt you. Grab a heaping plateful of literary goodness with any of these recent Alibi book reviews:

Down and Out in Macedonia The Sweet Girl by Annabel Lyon

Joy Harjo’s Brave Voice Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo

Unlocking Your Inner BAMF You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Book a Trip with Trains and Lovers Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith

The Future Unfolds 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius

Bon appetite, booklovers.

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